Softball: Cary-Grove’s big inning dooms Antioch
Updated: March 14, 2012 7:30PM
Maybe a few years ago Cary-Grove junior pitcher Lindsay Efflandt would not have recovered after trying to get through Antioch leadoff hitter Hannah Skoog.
A 13-pitch at bat by Skoog produced a walk and an eventual run, and seemingly wore down Efflandt both physically and mentally. Efflandt and her teammates, however, would recover nicely.
Efflandt responded by striking out the side in the second while her team obliged in the bottom of the inning, scoring nine runs, well on their way to a five-inning, 11-1 mercy-rule win.
“She put up a real good fight and I totally give her props for that,” said Efflandt, who pitched a two-hitter, striking out six while going 2-for-3 from the plate. “It made me nervous; she’s a really good player.”
The No. 11 Trojans (1-0) tied the game on a two-run double by Sara Markelonis (2-for-3, 2 RBIs) scoring Lisa Semro, who led off with a line drive single down the left field line.
Efflandt induced three consecutive hitters in the top of the second to go down looking, and then the Trojans’ bats erupted off Sequoits pitcher Katie Phillips. Seven hits, three walks and two errors produce the nine spot.
Center fielder Taylor Dunne’s three-run triple broke open the game. Ellen Celske also added an RBI triple in the inning while Jamie Deering (2-for-3) added a double.
“Everybody did a great job and the girls came out in the second inning and got on fire,” Cary-Grove coach Tammy Olson said. “After the third inning our goal is to shut them down and not giving them any chance to come back. We did a good job at that.
“After that first batter Lindsay did a good job of settling down. I think everybody had butterflies today. Even after a decade I still get nervous.”